Thursday, October 28, 2010

...a terrific storyteller

The Long and Short Reviews has added their opinion about For Mercy's Sake.

...Carol A. Spradling is a terrific storyteller. She weaves foreshadowing clues, secret dealings, mystery, and suspense in with a beautiful love story. She kept me reading in a hurry. The ways she pulls everything together to defeat the bad guys is amazing.

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Thank you everyone for your glowing comments.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's a 5 Tea Cups Review

It's 5 Tea Cups from Happily Ever After Reviews.

According to the reviewer, For Mercy's Sake comes alive. Well rounded characters pull you into the heart of the action...With enough action and intrigue to keep even the most die hard romantic reading, this one is not to be missed...

I love these reviews and would love to hear from readers. After you read For Mercy's Sake, drop me an email and tell me your opinion.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Review from Seriously Reviewed

A new review for For Mercy's Sake is in.

You want me to say it was good? Yeah it was. Edge of your seat at times? Uh huh. Pulled me in so much that I was up into the wee hours of the morning so I could find out what was going to happen? You betcha.

I'm beaming...BEAMING!!! The reviewer went on to add more comments that can be read here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

First review

The first review is in for FOR MERCY'S SAKE. ...could not put the book down What a great way to launch this book!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

And the winner is...

The winner of the autographed copy of FOR MERCY'S SAKE is *drama, drama, drama* JUDY BELK!!! Congratulations, Judy. Thanks everyone for playing. We had a great turnout.

Friday, September 3, 2010


FOR MERCY'S SAKE is available for early release at To celebrate, I'm having a contest! Send an e-mail to and you'll be entered to win an autographed copy. At 5:00 on Sept.12, I'll draw the winning name at random. Good Luck!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Slaying life's dragons

Lately, I have been discouraged by my lack of productivity concerning my writing. I expressed this to a friend and she looked at me, astonished. She was quick to take me, Scrooge-style, back over my life for the past year and a half, pointing out all of the major revelations I have dealt with in a short period of time. Most people would be hard pressed to tackle these one at a time, she said. She was right.

This was exactly what I needed to hear. With my enthusiasm bolstered, I hurried home, anxious to hit the keyboard. My jeep bounced cheerily along an expanse bridge while I contemplated characters and drama. Tires drummed out each connecting section, jolting me in my seat. I still had one crucial hindrance. My computer was in the shop and wouldn't be back for another one to two weeks. My shoulders sagged under the burden of another obstacle.

I had a decision to make. Let another hindrance postpone my writing or take the beast on full steam. I raised my fist, Scarlett O'Hara style, and vowed to let this be the last excuse to prevent my finishing the book.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Author's copy

I received my author's copy of For Mercy's Sake. I thought I'd share an excerpt:

“Daniel, are you certain about this?”

He glanced around, brows drawn together. “Is something amiss?”

She hesitated, contemplating the wisdom in giving him a chance to reconsider, then blurted it out before she could change her mind. “Are you certain you’ve thought through the consequences of this day?”

He opened his mouth to speak but Pastor Whipple interrupted him. “Daniel, whenever you’re ready.” The plump clergyman straightened his vest to a dignified angle and walked to the center of the altar. Grandma Pen and Mrs. Whipple took a seat in the front row. In order to keep the gossip hounds at bay, the ceremony would be concluded without the benefit of guests.

Daniel turned back to her. “The only consequence I struggle with is what I will do if I leave here today without you as my bride.” He extended his open hand, full of patience and filled with promise.

Tears burned the edges of her eyes. Blinking them back, she slipped her hand in his. His grip tightened and she followed him toward the cross.

For Mercy's Sake available Sept. 17, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Release date

September 17!!!

Married in secret, Daniel and Anna Mercy ineffectively skirt Charleston's town gossips. Glares and whispers are easy to evade, but Daniel is accused of murder. Anna wonders if her past betrayal has made her new husband capable of such an act.

While Anna's suspicions mount, Daniel uncovers a second murder plot with his wife as the intended victim. When they learn the name of the murderer, Anna is kidnapped.

Some secrets should remain buried with the dead but as Anna fights to stay alive, she discovers one secret Daniel has hidden from her.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The bridal party

The wedding was beautiful and I loved every minute of it. Now, it's back to The Night Lamp.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How nice

I was given the nicest compliment by a reader. She said, "Your books are really good. How do you come up with them?"

I constantly ask myself if I can come up with something each time I face my laptop.

THANK YOU readers for enjoying my stories.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sunshine Award

My blog has been awarded the SUNSHINE AWARD. How exciting! Thank you.

Monday, March 8, 2010


As a writer, what one "writing" word sets your teeth on edge? As a reader, what have you read enough of and what would you love to read more of?

I will share my opinion of these questions and more at BlogTalkRadio tonight at 10:00 eastern time. Hope to see you there.

Friday, February 26, 2010

She likes it

Last night, I received a phone call from a reader who was reading Cost of Freedom. She was only about one fourth of the way into the story, but had to express herself. Although she loves the book, she needed to know the answers to some hooks and cliffs I had created. *smile* Naturally, I encouraged her to keep reading, the answers were there.

"Why do you make both men irrisistable? Which one does she choose? Does she get away from the horrible man who forced her..."

"Keep reading."

"What about his sister? Is she good or bad?"

*Smile* "Did I mention the sequel is available?"

"WHAT! I only have time to read during lunch."

I'll have to look into how she got my phone number but what an encouraging phone call.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Early release

BOUND BY HONOR is now available at

Harrison Jackson must defend his family against British spies, Colonial advocates, and himself. Secret meetings are destroying his good name, and nightmares from a life he thought buried threaten more than his reputation.

Victoria Greyson steps onto Boston streets and back into Harrison's life without warning. She wouldn't blame him for hating her, but his rage will have to wait. Her sister is dead and Victoria intends to extract revenge on the man responsible.

While Harrison fights to keep his past a secret, Victoria and Colonial Independence demand more than he wants to give--and neither of them will be denied.

Consciousness thudded against Victoria's brain and forced her to face reality. The effort it took to open her eyelids has rewarded with stabbing spears of light striking the backs of her vision. A fuzzy shadow walked toward her. Her tongue flicked at the wadded linen in her mouth, surprised that nothing was there. His arm tormented her shoulders as he lifted her and pressed something cold to her lips.

“Drink,” he said.

The words reverberated around her head like a kite bouncing in a windstorm. Her jaw screeched open and he poured the liquid in. She sputtered and gasped, but he continued until the glass was drained. “Are you trying to poison me?” she asked.

“You did enough of that on your own,” Harrison said.

“I never want another glass of wine.”


She positioned her fingertips around her face for support. “Wasn't I drinking wine?”


“Bourbon? I don't even like bourbon.”

“You mentioned that.”

She scrapped her tongue against her teeth, flinching at the riveting noise then looked at him through bleary-eyes. “What else did I say?”

“Nothing I'll hold against you.” He opened the window but mercifully left the curtains drawn.

“Why not? I'm sure I gave you ample ammunition.”

He sat next to her and she grabbed the side of the bed to offset the pitch. Please don't bounce. Gently, gently.

“Because as much as I have fought against it, and I truly hate to admit it, I still love you Victoria Greyson.”

“I'm gonna be sick. Move.” She shoved against him and stumbled to the chamber pot, dragging a sheet tangled around her ankle. It started with dry heaves, and she prayed she'd make it in time. She pushed the pounding in her head to the side and clutched the cold metal to her cheek. It was soothing, but temporary. Belching loudly, she reinforced her dislike of bourbon. In between waves of burning bitterness, she begged God to kill her. Now and fast would be glorious, anything to end her agony.

Relatively certain she would no longer need the pot, she staggered toward the bed with a cloth pressed to her mouth. Her bed had been straightened and turned down, her pillows fluffed. Harrison stood at the side of it.

“Oh. No,” she said. “Are you still here?

He laughed and held the blankets back for her.

She crawled in and hugged her pillow. “Don't think this will undo what you said.” She shivered and closed her eyes. “But I will need it repeated when I'm better.”

“Endlessly. Now, rest.”

Monday, January 11, 2010


An American Rose Christmas anthology has been voted Best Book of the Week by readers at Long and Short Reviews. Thank you for voting.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Up for vote

An American Rose Christmas is up for Best Book of the Week at The Long and Short Reviews. So exciting. You can vote here.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A five star review

Our first review for An American Rose Christmas anthology is in. Here's what they had to say about Redcoats and Sleigh Bells:

The descriptions, undercurrents, and foreshadowing in this story make it a page-turner, plus the humor sparkles.

Read the full review here.